Two Georgetown rivals — Villanova, part of a Big East rivalry born on the basketball court and intensified by the 1985 men’s basketball championship game and American, who vies with Georgetown for supremacy in the District — will be on the card for Georgetown’s field hockey team (2-13, 0-4 Big East) this homecoming weekend.
Though the team’s task this weekend isn’t easy, Head Coach Tiffany Marsh is confident in her squad after a good week of practice.
“With a game on Friday, we have a short week of practice that forces us to really focus on what we need to work on most and what is most important going into the weekend’s games,” Marsh said.
It has been an up-and-down season for the team, but they have tried to maintain a positive attitude for the final three games of the season.
“A lot of our season-long goals revolve around our conference schedule against teams like Rutgers, Villanova and Providence,” Marsh said.
After a tough 3-2 loss to Rutgers at the end of September, the Blue and Gray will be hungrier than ever to pick up their first Big East victory of the season and avenge last season’s 6-0 loss to the Wildcats.
“Villanova is always a really passionate game; we have a lot of girls on the team from the Pennsylvania area,” said Marsh. “We want to do what we can to make our mark in the Big East and honor the careers of our two seniors.”
The two seniors, midfielder Kalli Krumpos and defender Ai Nishino, will be playing their final home game in Georgetown uniforms on Friday.
Despite being an out-of-conference matchup, Sunday’s game with American still holds a lot of importance for the squad.
“We play our home games at AU,” Marsh said. “We will be the away team, but still feel like it is a home game.”
American boasts a talented team, but Georgetown is not intimidated by their strength.
“We have learned to stick together against teams like [No. 8] UConn and [No.2] Syracuse,” Marsh said. “Our players are very passionate about our program and would love to upset a team like American.”
If the Hoyas are victorious this weekend, junior forwards Catherine Shugrue and Annie Wilson will surely have had a lot to do with it. Shugrue leads the team with seven goals and 17 points in 15 games while Wilson has contributed five goals and 10 points in 14 games.
“Catherine has a strong corner hit that she scores a lot of goals on,” Marsh said. “Annie is playing at another level after putting in a lot of work over the summer.”
This weekend’s matches will be the last chance for Georgetown to play at home before they close the season by traveling to Providence on Oct. 29.
Face-off against Villanova is Friday at 3 p.m.; face-off against American is on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both games will be played at the William I. Jacobs Recreational Complex at American University.